This is a smooth and creamy soup, loaded with flavor from ham and pinto beans. Thickened with sweet potatoes, yet with only a hint of sweet potato flavor in the finished soup. Slightly spicy from Mexican spices, this soup was a surprise success the other night for dinner.
I had planned something else for dinner. However, when I started to make it, I only had a handful of the necessary ingredients. I decided to play with an idea for using sweet potatoes and pintos together and it worked out great. If you don’t have a ham bone waiting in your freezer, simply use a bit of cooked ham. Don’t skip it though, the ham is a crucial ingredient in this soup. This soup has a smoky, salty flavor that only the ham can provide.